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Shaper: Mandeep Singh

Mandeep Singh is the Co-Founder and CEO of Trouva, the “anti-chain, anti-same online market place for boutique independent retailers.”

Recognising that independent brick-and-mortar stores were falling behind due to an “awful understanding” of e-commerce, Mandeep and his Co-Founders, Alex Loizou and Glen Walker, founded Trouva in 2015 to create a different kind of e-commerce environment that provides technology, logistic and online consumer store services to the crème de la crème of brick-and-mortar stores who are not able to optimise their digital offering.

Since its inception in 2015, Trouva has been confirmed as a Maserati 100 2018 company and has been named as a top 5 UK technology scale-up (TNW Tech 5) in consecutive years (2016-2019).

Graduating with an MA in Natural Sciences & Management from Cambridge in 2007, Mandeep has always had an “entrepreneurial itch” and is passionate about helping small businesses thrive, saying “independents are incredibly vulnerable to business rates. Any small change can make them unprofitable. We are helping by opening [them] up to audiences across the world.”

Follow Mandeep on Twitter @mandeepsinghuk.

Interview highlights

Scepticism is something you will always get as an entrepreneur.

You start a business because it’s something you love doing.

I created something.

I remember leaving that meeting feeling like I had been kicked in the face.

Different personality types are crucial.

We are trying to challenge what people think about when they think about online
shopping.

It’s about discovering something beautiful that you never knew you wanted until you saw it.

The idea of a global network of the very best independents united in one community… that’s what really excites us.

That desire for people caring about provenance resonates really well with our customers and our boutiques.

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